[PW] Thank you! (was: source of quote: "The heart that gives, gathers")
WATERS at law.stetson.edu
Thu Apr 30 16:16:52 PDT 2015
Garson, thank you so much for your help! I passed along the information you found, and they decided to go with "Author Unknown", which I guess is kind of like the duct tape of quotation attribution - it fixes everything! Thanks again - and have a Happy May!
Sally G. Waters
Dolly & Homer Hand Law Library
Stetson University College of Law
Gulfport, FL 33707
waters at law.stetson.edu ; 727-562-7828
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Subject: Fwd: [PW] source of quote: "The heart that gives, gathers"
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From: ADSGarson O'Toole <adsgarsonotoole at gmail.com>
Date: Thu, Apr 30, 2015 at 9:57 AM
Subject: Re: [PW] source of quote: "The heart that gives, gathers"
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The citations below do not directly answer your request, but they may
give insight into the evolution of the saying. Perhaps someone
substituted the word "heart" for "hand".
[ref] 1942, A New Dictionary of Quotations on Historical Principles
from Ancient and Modern Sources, Selected and Edited by H. L. Mencken
(Henry Louis Mencken), Section: Giving, Page 458, Alfred A. Knopf. New
York. (Verified on paper)[/ref]
The hand that gives, gathers.
JAMES HOWELL: Proverbs, 1659
[ref] 1949, The Home Book of Quotations: Classical and Modern,
Selected by Burton Stevenson, Sixth Edition, Topic: Gifts and Giving,
Quote Page 774, Dodd, Mead and Company, New York. (Internet Archive at
The hand that gives, gathers.
JOHN RAY, English Proverbs.
Google Books has the saying with "hand" in a collection of British
Proverbs published in 1707.
Year: 1707 MDCCVII
Title: Select Proverbs, Italian, Spanish, French, English, Scotish,
British, &c. Chiefly Moral: The foreign languages done into English
Publisher: Printed by J. H. for Philip Monckton, 1707
Section: British Proverbs
Quote Page 125
Database: Google Books Full View
The hand that gives gathers.
On Tue, Apr 28, 2015 at 7:30 PM, Sally Waters <WATERS at law.stetson.edu> wrote:
> I've been trying to track down the source of this quote for several hours; it seems to be one that has a lot of vague attributions, but nothing concrete. According to many resources I've explored, the line "the heart that gives, gathers" was said by (a) Marianne Moore, the poet; (b) Hannah More, the writer & philanthropist from the 18th century; (c) an Old English proverb; or (d) the Tao Te Ching.
> Here's the real problem: the quotation is published (even put on sweatshirts) in many places, but each source I've looked at gives a name but no concrete information beyond that (e.g., Marianne Moore - but where? ) I've checked the many quote books we have here, incl. Oxford, Bartlett's, Respectfully Submitted, and 4 others; I've been searching every online source I can think of. Still nothing definite, though.
> Any help would be greatly appreciated (and you'll not only be giving, but gathering! Wow!) Thanks in advance ---
> Sally G. Waters
> Reference Librarian
> Dolly & Homer Hand Law Library
> Stetson University College of Law
> Gulfport, FL 33707
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